18th July 2013

On a baking hot July day in Hammersmith, 33 Disney voluntEARS from their Digital Distribution Team set to the task of transforming an area inside St Vincent’s House Care Home, home to 92 elderly and frail residents, into Central London through mural painting of icons such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The London Eye and the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe).

Although only a matter of yards from the hustle and bustle of Hammersmith Broadway, St Vincent’s House is astonishingly tranquil. The home offers palliative and terminal care and had requested some support from volunteers to paint murals on the walls of the first floor to make the living area of the residents more colourful and stimulating. The Disney VoluntEARS jumped at this opportunity and in addition had even baked some lovely cakes to offer the residents along with a good cup of tea and coffee.

The VoluntEARS were all assembled on the ground floor at 9.30am raring to go, although some were a little nervous at the task ahead of painting the London icons. However, Works4U had provided a couple of local artists to assist them in their painting.

The volunteers separated into 7 teams, four upstairs painting the murals and three in the lovely garden at the back of St Vincent’s House. The teams outside had to cut and paint images onto cardboard which would be stuck on the wall later in the day to give the murals a 3D effect and help the images really come alive for the residents. This included London buses, trees, pods for the London Eye, the clock face of Big Ben and the Gherkin.

By lunchtime the Disney VoluntEARS had made impressive progress, with formerly blank walls now starting to take shape, but there was still a lot of painting to be done and nothing would be complete until the cardboard paintings had been applied to the wall. At lunch, the volunteers reflected on their skilful artwork and prepared themselves for the rest of the afternoon.

The afternoon saw the arrival of some both beautifully made and tasting cakes for the residents of St Vincent’s House. The Disney VoluntEARS offered the residents enjoying the sunny afternoon a selection of cakes and scones as well as a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee.

The residents of St Vincent’s House were extremely appreciative of the tea and cakes and spent time chatting with the Disney VoluntEARS. Many of the volunteers told us this was their favourite part of the whole day.

Meanwhile, on the first floor, further progress was being made...

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to all the Disney VoluntEARS who took part on the day, you have really made a difference to the residents of St Vincent’s House. The staff at the home have also conveyed their deep gratitude for the time and effort you gave to helping the local community.